THE Archbishop of Canterbury overnight called on the public to give their support to Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding day next week.
Dr Rowan Williams is the spiritual leader of the Church of England and the man who will be conducting the marriage service April 29.
“A marriage is first and foremost about two individuals,” Archbishop Williams said. “But no individual exists alone – people come to their weddings with families and friends around them.”
“William and Catherine are making this commitment very much in the public eye,” he said in a special broadcast.
“They are sensible, realistic young people and they know what the cost of that might be … because of that, they will need the support, the solidarity and the prayers of all those who are watching.”
The archbishop said it had been a pleasure getting to know the couple and he had been struck by the way in which they had approached the event, Sky News reported.
“They’ve had a very simple, very direct picture of what really matters about this event.
“I think that they have a clear sense of what they believe they’re responsible to … and I think it’s impressive that they’ve had this simplicity about this – they’ve known what matters.”
The archbishop said he believed William and Kate were “deeply unpretentious people” and added that he felt hugely privileged to be part of the event.